A friend gave me a large bagful of corks last week. She works as a waitress and she has been collecting them, as she thought they d be handy for me to use with the kids to make something with. I m getting such lovely support from friends and family after embarking on my blog journey, it’s really helping to keep me motivated and to keep thinking up new ideas for us to explore.
The first activity which came to mind was to do some cork painting with them. I sat down with my 2 and 4 year old for this activity. I m really looking forward to the kids breaking up for the holidays next week, as it will give me more chance to get my 6 year old involved in a few more of our activities. He seems to have missed out on quite a few this month. He s full of ideas though, so I m sure he ll make up for it.
To begin the activity I squeezed out little blobs of red, yellow, green, blue, pink and orange paint onto a paper plate. I always give each of my children their own set of paints as it generally cuts down on one argument at least!
We then set to work making flower pictures. My 4 year old really got into this activity but after a few stamps with her corks, my 2 year old daughter then had her own ideas. “Look Mummy, hand painting!” she called, as she mixed her hands into the plateful of paint turning it into a lovely mucky brown colour. She then proceeded to slap her hands all over the paper I had placed in front of her for her flower picture. Now I was very grateful for this, as she did have paint all the way up her arms by this point and it wouldn’t have been unlike her to have made a dive for a lovely piece of furniture!
Even though she didn’t complete the task we had set out to do, she had had a great time exploring the texture of the paint with her hands and she was so proud of her handprints, I really couldn’t begrudge her the ten minutes I had to spend cleaning her up.
Whilst my daughter had been busy getting messy, my 4 year old son had been painting some lovely flowers and had even added green grass and a blue waterfall to one of his pictures.
He also painted a lovely flower onto a card to send out to a family member we needed to thank for something. It actually worked out quite well for him as his little sister didn’t try to get in the way of his work at all. She was too busy having her own fun.
Our activities often move in different directions than those planned, but that’s the way we like it. There is nothing better than watching your own children’s imagination’s at work and seeing what they can come up with themselves, rather than just expecting them to follow the script each time.We still have a good few corks leftover, any suggestions on what we can do with them?